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Bobby_M 11-08-2006 04:51 PM

64dF too cold for Safale 04?
 
I've got my Redhook ESB in primary down in the basement and the stick-on fermometer is showing a solid 64. It's actually up on a milk crate in the corner because I figure directly on the slab would be a couple degrees cooler. I'm wondering if I'm nearing the temp where the yeast will go dormant. Any ideas?

I'm thinking of picking up a waterbed heating pad on ebay for this situation (and for regulating lager ferments in my 40 degree garage).

homebrewer_99 11-08-2006 04:58 PM

If your primary is a bucket you can use a brewbelt. :D

How about placing it closer to the water heater?:confused:

Brewbelts are not for carboys.

Evan! 11-08-2006 05:16 PM

What's the packaging say? I pitched the US-56 on the porter I brewed last night, and my basement is around 62-64. When I left the house this morning, the fermometer read 64. The US-56 packaging lists the temp range for that strain as 59-74f, so I feel fine about it. Not sure if the 04 is the same.

Just check the range on the packaging and stay within it.

Yuri_Rage 11-08-2006 05:20 PM

Found on several HBS websites:
Quote:

DCL has isolated this yeast from the famous commercial brewery Whitbread. This well-known English Ale strain exhibits fast fermentation with unique sedimentation properties, helping to improve beer clarity. In the recommended temperature range of 60º-70º, the Safale S-04 will attenuate the wort down to 1008-1012 within 2 or 3 days. The ideal yeast to produce the best Ales!
Looks like you're right in the temperature range. RDWHAHB!

homebrewer_99 11-08-2006 05:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yuri_Rage
Found on several HBS websites:

Looks like you're right in the temperature range. RDWHAHB!

Even better...:D

Beerhead 11-08-2006 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
If your primary is a bucket you can use a brewbelt. :D

How about placing it closer to the water heater?:confused:

Brewbelts are not for carboys.

Hey I was just wondering what I should use for a carboy to keep it warm, since I have to move it down to the basement because SWMBO doesn't like my fermenters in the kitchen. Ill def. be throwing a box with a blanket over it to insulate, but i don't know about keeping it warm. Same question applying to bottles. Thanks.

-Cheers :mug:

Bobby_M 11-09-2006 03:15 PM

I've heard you could raise an isulated box by a consistent few degrees by putting a low wattage lamp inside. Another idea is a heat rock for a reptile cage or an aquarium heater submerged in a small bucket of water. If you keep the water at 80 degrees, it's likely to warm the small compartment of surounding air. Either that or submerge the entire fermenter in a rubbermaid tub or cooler and use the heater in that water.


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